Why?

We have the power to stop terrorism from working

Terrorism works because we let it.

That’s the message from one of the world’s brightest minds, Lawrence Krauss.

It remains a useful tactic because the horror of such attacks convince us that the threat is greater than it really is.

This is the rationale behind terrorism – to inspire fear and anger.

When we’re confronted with such horrific scenes, it’s all too easy to lose our senses, our principles and our values.

For Krauss, the most effective weapon against terrorism is rationality: keeping the true nature of the threat in perspective, and not letting misplaced fear control our decisions.

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Technically, Riordan writes culture, politics and sport, but 80% of his words are direct quotes stolen from The Simpsons. He promises to tweet more at @riordanl and speaks words for The Zero Thumbs Down Podcast.

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